Staunton, November 21 – At the conclusion of the All-Russian Civic Forum, Aleksey Kudrin, the head of the Civic Initiatives Committee, outlined his ideas about what Russia needs to do over the next 20 years to avoid disaster and return to modernization and democracy. Znak’s Dmitry Kolesev has organized them as 13 theses.
While one may be tempted to recall Clemenceau’s observation about Woodrow Wilson’s 14 points – the French leader pointed out that “the Good Lord had only ten” – Kudrin’s ideas do say a great deal about what Russia will have to do in order to avoid disaster (znak.com/2016-11-20/rossiya_buduchego_13_tezisov_alekseya_kudrina_o_nashey_strane_cherez_20_let
13. The USSR failed not because of a weak army or a weak KGB. It collapsed because of an ineffective economy. And today the risks which led to the collapse of the USSR exist in Russia too. I hope this will not happen,” Kudrin says. But to ensure that, “we must overcome our technological backwardness. That alone will allow us to preserve the country.”